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, tensions are rising in cairo and across egypt, days after that country's new president once hailed as a hero and reformer made a huge power grab that has some labeling him egypt's new pharaoh. tonight supporters and opponents of mohamed morsi are calling for mass demonstrations. nbc's jim maceda is high above cairo's tahrir square. jim, good evening. >> reporter: hi, kate. well, of course, tahrir square behind me was ground zero for egypt's 2011 uprising, but lately it's had a similar feel and the smell of tear gas is back in the air. clashes between morsi opponents and riot police raged through the night and into a second day. protesters turning tahrir square into a tent encampment and pledging to target the besieged president until he designs or rescinds the decrees which give him sweeping powers and put him above the law. the move has triggered riots across the country, injuring more than 300 egyptians. "if morsi does that, we'll be exactly like iran, said this protester. "he is making himself not just a dicer, he's making himself a god." he said he had to take action to take ra
attention to overseas. it was less than a week ago you may recall the president of egypt, president morsy, was hailed as a hero for helping to broker that cease-fire between israel and hamas. well, days later he surprised just about everybody by awarding himself sweeping new powers back home in egypt. that triggered a wave of violence in the streets. it brought crowds and protesters back to the familiar confines of tahrir square. tonight, the president of egypt is embarking on a campaign of damage control. our report from nbc's ayman mohyeldin in cairo. >> reporter: a day of mourning across egypt, in cairo, thousands paid respects to a protester killed by police. and in alexandria, a funeral for the member of the muslim brotherhood, just fifteen years old. both were victims of the riots that broke out after president morsy gave himself sweeping new powers. it ignited a wave of protests among them, and loyal supporters fighting in the streets. the muslim brotherhood were to blame, we elected them, thought they would lift us up, but they threw us to the ground. i will never vote for them ag
of palestinians were being treated for injuries, word from egypt that a truce would be in place by the day's end came as a shock. then israel switched into really high gear, using the last few hours to target four cars of suspected militants. killing more than a dozen palestinians and two journalists from a pro hamas tv station. palestinian families suddenly began flooding into schools. they were frantic, overloaded with blankets, arriving packed in cars. on horse drawn carts, on tractors. we're doomed this woman said, we've been kicked out of our homes. more rushed into classrooms, looking for shelter. >> people are screening in here after these leaflets were dropped on their homes. they say in arabic, immediately evaluate your houses by order of the israeli military. it's created something of a panic here, and people think an israeli invasion could be imminent. israel said it dropped leaflets so civilians can avoid conflict zones. for many here, this felt like a cruel trick. hundreds of thousands of gazans ordered to move away from the israeli border with little notice. and told to move into a
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